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Smart video technology to help medicine?

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Smart video technology to help medicine?

Data-driven video technology takes over routine tasks and gives medics more time for face-to-face contact with patients (Photo: Milestone Systems)

There is increasing talk about the shortage of medical staff and their workload with administrative and routine tasks, resulting in less time devoted to patient care. As part of the solution, governments in some countries are planning major investments in the digitalization of the healthcare sector. Video technology plays an important role in the success of these plans by helping medical staff take better care of their patients.

Data-driven video technology can take over some of the routine tasks. This provides more time for personal contact with patients.

Thomas Jensen, CEO of Milestone Systems, shares three examples that show how data-driven video technology can contribute to positive healthcare change in the future. There is already a similar example in Bulgaria.

1. Warning if someone falls

Data-driven video technology can distinguish whether someone is falling, sitting, kneeling or tying their shoes. If there is a fall, the video system immediately alerts staff, indicating the location and helping to respond quickly. If the fall is the result of a heart attack or stroke, every minute saved can save a life.

2. Facilitating the movement of patients during surgery

Transporting patients from their rooms to the operating theater often requires the use of hospital elevators. Data-driven video technology can help minimize delays in getting patients to surgery. The technology recognizes when surgical beds enter the elevator and also disables call buttons from other floors and sets the correct direction of the elevator to the operating floor

3. Promote patient and staff safety

Video technology, combined with intelligent sound analysis, can recognize fear, anger and verbal aggression. Alerting medical personnel to a potential conflict allows them to intervene promptly and prevent the incident from escalating into a physical manifestation. If a patient is trying to self-harm in their room, staff can use two-way audio communication to respond quickly in an attempt to calm the patient and let them know help is on the way.

Thomas Jensen, CEO of Milestone Systems, shared examples of how video technology is contributing to positive change in healthcare
(photo: Milestone Systems)

The Bulgarian example

In Bulgaria, one of the most modern hospitals has an integrated solution with video technology, namely XProtect, developed by Milestone Systems. The main purposes for which the solution is used are hospital security and monitoring to reduce incidents to zero.

The security system is used to monitor outdoor areas, parking lots and common areas. It has an important role in controlling the quality of service.

With care for the smallest patients, round-the-clock monitoring is also provided in the neonatology department. The constant video surveillance of the laborers and the incubators for the babies in the hospital helps to optimize the work of the medical staff.

By means of biometric identification (fingerprint) entered into the access control system, access to critical premises such as the laboratories and drug stores of the hospital is guarded.

Data-driven video technology has the potential to transform the future of healthcare for the better. For patients and staff to accept this, we need to use this technology in the right way – responsibly.

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